Fear Of Known Things
Latin Name: Mimulus guttatus
Description: Found naturally in the west of North America in damp places from sea level to over 3000m in the Rockies and other mountains, this plant was first imported to Britain from Chile as garden plants in 1826. Soon, like their cousins, the monkey flower, they escaped from the tamed gardens to banks of brooks and streams of the English countryside. Dr Bach found Mimulus ‘growing to perfection’ along the River Usk. He spoke of ‘crystal streams where the water is clear’ – these streams are now a rarity in lowland Britain. Unfortunately, due to pollution, this sprightly plant is fast disappearing from some of its English habitat.
Myth: It is believed that if you’re gathering the courage to ask someone you’re smitten with to attend an event with you, then be sure to take two drops of Mimulus flower essence under the tongue.
Bach Flower Remedy: This flower essence is a remedy for known fears like fear of illness, poverty, living alone, travelling, crowd, animals, particular people or situations, new environment, death or injury. The essence from this bright flower helps one regain faith and gives courage to do things that must be done. It is good for shy, timid and sensitive children who find it difficult to speak in company and may suffer from blushing or stammering. The Mimulus remedy helps these timid, reserved people to have the courage to confront their fears, and once they do so the fears ease and they are able to face all challenges and situations with confidence and quiet courage. They are able to take control of their life and enjoy living.
My experience: I suggested Mimulus to a friend who is very talented painter but was apprehensive about showing her work to people. She is a sharp and intelligent girl but was extremely shy and bashful in groups and social gatherings. After taking Mimulus for about three weeks, she started gifting her paintings to people and with that started engaging in conversations with people. Over a year she has developed a quiet courage and confidence. I am also surprised at her sense of humour that’s subtle and dignified.
Direction of use: Take 2 drops in a cup of water/herbal tea and sip at intervals. It would be a great idea to sip on this water/tea and meditate on what you experience. Just observe your breath, mind and body after taking the remedy and note down your observations in a journal.
Consultation: To know more about Bach Flower Remedies contact me at [email protected] or call at 011-46061760 between 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday.
*Jhelum Biswas Bose is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP)